Any medical therapy must balance the "effectiveness" versus the "safety" of its actions on the human body. On the weekend of October 2nd and 3rd, 1999, an autism conference was held at Cherry Hill, New Jersey, sponsored by the Autism Research Institute of San Diego, California.For instance, aspirin therapy is effective in preventing a second heart attack after having a first heart attack and it is quite safe, only having a very small incidence of stomach or intestinal bleeding as a potential long-term side effect. Over l,000 people were in attendance, the great majority of whom were parents of autistic children.It is true that there may be situations where extreme measures may be justified to preserve life and health as the lesser of two evils.The basic question, therefore, is whether the benefits of current childhood vaccines outweigh the harm, or whether the reverse is true.An example of how vaccine mandates may have led politics to override sound science is from my home state of Texas.
Commentary by Ron Paul, a 12-term member of Congress and a three-time U. As to the benefits of vaccines, polio has been eliminated from the Western Hemisphere; smallpox may have been eliminated worldwide, although there are disturbing reports that it is still to be found in parts of the Far East. With the exceptions cited above, the facts do not bear this out. were diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), scarlet fever, and measles. By far the greatest factors in this decline were sanitation through public health measures, improved nutrition, better housing with less crowded conditions and the introduction of antibiotics.Vaccine proponents would have us believe that vaccines have been largely responsible for controlling virtually all of the former epidemics of killer diseases in the U. According to the records of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, from 1911 to l935 the four leading causes of childhood deaths from infectious diseases in the U. Also, the virulence of microorganisms tends to become weakened or attenuated with the passage of time and serial passages through human hosts It should be pointed out that today's children receive 22 or more vaccines before school age, whereas today's senior citizens received only one, the smallpox vaccine.Consistent application of the principles of private property, freedom of association, and individual responsibility is the best way to address concerns that those who refuse vaccines could infect others with disease.Why vaccines can't be a choice: Disease specialist Giving the government the power to override parental decisions regarding vaccines will inevitably lead to further restrictions on liberties.
Private property owners have the right to forbid those who reject vaccines from entering their property.